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Does breakfast mean better grades?


ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — The morning rush is hectic – and sometimes breakfast gets skipped. But there’s good reason to make sure kids eat before they head out the door.

Recent research shows teens who eat breakfast before school, perform better academically.

“It’s essential just for stable energy, so if you’re going out and you’re trying to be active and think and focus. You need to have stable energy, and that breakfast will provide that you don’t want to be bottoming out and feeling tired when you’re trying to focus like at school or work and be an important part of society,” said Rhianon Condello, a bariatric nutritionist with Rochester Regional Health.  “We all require a certain amount of calories to move and function. Our inner brains require calories to focus, providing your body with what it needs to do that, so you’re making your body run maybe nothing.”

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The study looks at British adolescents between the ages of 16 and 18. The teens recorded whether they ate breakfast, how often, and also provided information on their grades. Results show regularly eating breakfast is associated with better academic performance. Without breakfast, kids of all ages may feel irritable and tired, which can lead to behavior and attention problems.

Complete results for the study can be found in the journal Frontiers in Public Health.

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